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intensifies assault on the hideouts of islamic militants on molly's border with algeria as locals in the liberated cities claim that campaigns come at a high cost to civilians. as barack obama's diplomatic team gets ready to rock n roll in the world arena a new report suggests many of the u.s. is foreign service workers are paying to get the best jobs. israel considers building a buffer zone reaching far inside syria but it's plain the troops and tanks would only be stationed there for security purposes it's down to its.
life or more new center here in moscow this is r t with you twenty four hours a day french military forces have stepped up their offensive on rebel bases in all of the money with troops moving into the city of kiddo the last bastion of islamist insurgents around eighteen hundred soldiers from chad have also joined the operation meanwhile two senior islamic leaders have been captured fleeing airstrikes on the border with algeria reports now from the war that country. oil is the that is their money dollars they know what i want to look at today in this town in mali everyone is celebrating the capture of two important islamist leaders one of them is mohammed the head of the demon a group which retired a contin book too for months particularly violating the rights of women he was captured along with baba ahmed leader of the movement for unity and jihad in west africa toerag say he was taken north of key doll close to the border without jury or the capture of these two leaders demonstrates what everyone knows the city of go
to doll and to book to buy havens of security in a dangerous wilderness we were ourselves detained by the mali an army when trying to get to the city of any movement towards the north has been strictly forbidden since last weekend when six million soldiers were killed by explosives planted by rebels on roads leading there this risk affects the stability of the country distances in mali are so big that it is next to impossible to travel safely on the roads so now the region lacks food medicine and fuel specifically in this part of the region in mopti there are about seven thousand refugees children suffer the most unless medication is brought in the centers treating malnutrition like the one we saw in mopti would face tragedy i mean. likely. treating malnutrition as a necessity in today's critical situation negligence was the cause of malnutrition before but now and then this crisis most children are suffering tisn't us it
happens in every home where children don't get enough care and could die. alternative c. routes are being tried to deliver supplies to to book to the yearly share and spread them to the north from there we also saw many people come to donate blood so desperately needed in hospitals a christian community in the central region of mali has been collecting supplies for. the war has taken on a religious meaning and when that happens the first thing they do they announce they're hunting us those who are directly linked with religion. get us and. despite the fact the war is moving away the situation remains critical a country filled with refugees and deport the health and food crisis is putting eighteen million people at risk of malnutrition personas but what is what they monitor here gonzalo lunch or mali for r.t. meanwhile mounting reports from cities that have been liberated suggests that freedom has come at
a cost french air strikes reportedly resulted in the number of civilian casualties good research here from and the international who's just returned from the war torn country says the campaign raises many concerns. but we were able to to register was that to use tonight solutions including a charge to killings we collected testimonies from a large variety of people who told us how. some people are arrested in the town of severity and then brought in short of where they were treated and then froning to the well later we had also stories about people who had been arrested and some of them disappeared and regarding the care of these of the civilians who were killed in the town of qana what we are asking both the french and the million armies is not they should or should be a commission of inquiry just to to know the circumstances of the death of the five
people who were killed including the children because these people need a potion there should be kind of warnings given to the civilian population so that they could they could leave the war zones to to seek shelter elsewhere some of the groups are been leaving some of the towns in mali and they may be seeking refuge in another place i mean we had been lost in the south about the hostage taking about kind of of some territory beginning taken into a stage and they are concerned also what we are concerned about is that there may be a prisoner tax agreement of civilians who may be accused of collaborating with the armed groups so we are concerned about that. as a new diplomatic term begins in washington with john kerry at the helm it's been
revealed that many employees of the u.s. state department were major donors to barack obama's presidential campaign and recently published reports as competition among big money backers to the top foreign service jobs was especially tight this year what he's going to come on has the details. as you can imagine the competition for diplomatic post is tough especially in safe and wealthy countries somewhere in western europe and asia a recent study by two professors of international relations at pennsylvania state university looked at available information on president obama's donors direct political contributions and the positions that they received and they concluded that those whose political connections to president obama were measured in dollars rather than the ministration service had an increased chance of representing the united states in western europe and a smaller chance of serving in say central asia or sub-saharan africa donors and advisers involved in the diplomatic selection process say the competition this year has been so tight that those who have raised less than a million dollars are for the most part unlikely to be considered so what is the
quote unquote price tag for the highly sought diplomatic posts according to this study friends and monaco topped the list with a level of personal contributions at six point two million dollars quote unquote the price for a position in the u.k. the authors find appears to live between six hundred fifty thousand dollars and two point three million dollars a posting in luxembourg is valued as three point one million dollars and appointment to portugal was predicted to have a value of around six hundred thousand dollars like all modern presidents before him president obama has appointed friends and donors to about thirty percent of diplomatic posts while seventy percent of the posts go to career diplomats so judging by this research career diplomats go to places like yemen while big donors go to monaco nobody of course calls it bribery here these are just respectable donors who get what they want when they pay the price. israel is reportedly
intending to create a buffer zone stretching up to seventeen kilometers inside syria now the country's military sources insist the area will belong to syria and they are not invading a sovereign state israel also wants to place infantry brigade and a number of tanks there the stated aim of the zone is to prevent mortar and rocket attacks coming from inside the embattled country it's hoped this would also stop radical groups moving close to israeli territory if assad's government is toppled a security fence is now being erected along the frontier with syria in the golan heights but international relations expert dr hugh mile walk in thinks all this has very little to do with security imposing a buffer zone will make israel in the future. negotiate over withdrawing from this buffer zone rather than withdrawing from the golan heights this is very similar to the attempt of israel in one thousand seven hundred eight to buy and impose
a buffer zone in south lebanon where it was the same claim that it wanted to defend its northern border the objective is to annex more territories and at the same time and at them to threaten the massacres itself so if israel expands its domain by another seventeen kilometers this will make it reach close very close to damascus and this is very dangerous to the stability of the regime and with it will give the insurgents like free zone and free base a secure base to launch attacks against the syrian regime so this is a direct and thank them and of israel. the iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad is in cairo on his first visit to egypt to more than thirty years it's seen as an attempt to improve relations between the two regional heavyweights iran also wants karo on board with such issues as syria and its own
nuclear program or for more analysis on this let's go to oxford in eat and join journalist well i'm a comes to egypt just five months after president morsi was in iran there for the first time after so many years at loggerheads why are the two states suddenly talking to each other well i think if you look at the iranian position first bill i think iran's strongest ally in the arab world has now been serious serious been abroad a lot of iran this is the reason why pro israel lobby why the americans why the saudis etc so keen to talk a sad now there's no such moment the syrian government is about what we're going around would be even more isolated than it is today and the university dangerous position so that's what makes sense what iran is trying to do with cairo so probably yeah yeah yeah i mean there are still disagreements out there and syria's regime is backed by iran knowledge it wants it out do you think it will actually soften its stance after this visit by a by the iranian leader well i very much hope so because morsi has said before he
has anything so sad must go and that. actually sold the syrian crisis peacefully and i think as we very helpful to him to say that i think it could be a shift you should be very very helpful. to the russian or reigning regarding elections in syria and it's a peaceful transition to democracy government there so i think that horses kind of right before has to be very helpful to hope that might change now it was not long ago last september morsi offered a package of incentives to tehran to stop supporting assert including restoration of full diplomatic ties. and interest to simply drop syria to get a sunny powerhouse. that would be a big mistake at the moment because what sort of frame would be at the moment we're not so sure about that it's the old man on her lips egypt receives the second largest international after israel and there's no way that the americans are going to look. around with anything other than horror and the idea that
egypt could replace syria as a moral. is a long way into the future now so i think you've got to be very careful doesn't want to get to toulouse or syria and iran supporting syria but that doesn't mean of course that it can't try to build. egypt's economy that's in dire straits at the moment of course and is dependent on the gulf states for financial aid and yet are there financial motives behind this meeting where we've got to believe the economies are bearing in mind the situation there in iran with all those sanctions appearing to have a quite an impact on the iranian economy do you do they both need each other i think they do and i think morsi is point of view i think as we see harty going to rest in egypt but people are very unhappy with how things are going to get seen carrying on the boulevard and shipped on iraq would be one way that she can say to these people look i'm not just a us puppet i'm going to be different here so i think from his point and he could get popularity at home by taking
a more conciliatory line towards iran could be running what if you course they'd be willing to go house i mean the pro israel lobby has been very successful in getting the u.s. and other countries to pass tougher and tougher sanctions on iran the real economy is a really bad state so iran needs all the friends it gets and of course all that pressure on iran mainly because of its perceived threat of developing a nuclear weapon and of course the been reports that egypt is willing to back iran over its controversial atomic program and even host terence next nuclear negotiations with with major world powers how eager is iran to get caro's help here i think it's crucially important bill because i think that what's happening is that it's a rerun of the rest of the indecent. neo-cons the american approach row orks who are trying to push you right into the scene over nukes oakwood nuclear weapons program which is unproven and i think that what iran used to reach out to the moderate countries on this issue like egypt and russia course and china trying to
get some sort of consensus to say look we're not developing nukes we're having a peaceful nuclear energy program which is perfectly legal next talk about this. actions which are crippling our economy and they'll have to leave it there thanks so much and if your thoughts good to hear we have to say journalist neil clark live from the u.k. well that's cool thanks this is r.t. with you here in moscow with me twenty four hours a day coming up later in the program the battle of negative press the u.k. considers deflecting a potential wave of eastern european immigrants with ads highlighting just why they'd be better off staying at home that after this break. technology innovation all the developments around russia we. have heard.
european immigrants expected that its doors when romania and bulgaria give an unrestricted access to the e.u. in twenty fourteen the government's not considering a negative advertisement campaign about the country to make it less appealing to potential movers. reports. we show many things going for our country the english language testing times brilliant history very creative people some of the best universities in the world a great place to do business we need to stand up and shout about how great britain is and get people to come and invest and visit but that's not the message for everyone the u.k. government is reportedly brainstorming ways to dissuade eastern european immigrants from coming to britain come january twenty fourth teen twenty nine million romanians and bulgarians will be able to live and work anywhere in europe including the u.k. one idea being considered a negative advertising campaign about broken britain while the government considers
that some creative brits have been all too happy to expose their nation's flaws for all to see as you can imagine not all the romanians living in the u.k. are cleaning the toilets some of them are highly qualified they've and understudies there so they find this very aggressive and on the senate campaign as one minister put it a negative ad campaign would help to correct the impression that these streets are paved with gold but even considering how to put off would be migrants the british government has managed to offend not one but two whole countries and now one rumania newspaper has decided that rather than getting mad it's going to get even instead. the romanian spoof campaign says that since it's so tough in the u.k. the brits should come to remain dain by the british people to come to romania arguing their hero half of our women look like kate and the other half like her
sister so this is a funny campaign but if you can see behind it there's actually a serious message which is that romania had still valuable resources intelligence and humor and britain's to take advantage of this next wave of. immigrants instead of marking them but the debate over immigration in the u.k. is growing more hostile some ministers have suggested limiting remaining in symbolic ariens access to health services and housing when they arrive i think it will look good on us as a country to do something like about but i can see where where the snow is coming from of having a lot of people coming over here and looking for work and benefits and housing but i just think with me really to do something right now immigration is always something you want to be careful in talking about offing is a bit silly to be honest because we're living in the union europe which is open for
every every time true which is you know i mean years with the financial crisis getting worse britain isn't as attractive as it was to migrants a decade ago. that everybody in the world wants to come to england because in the new jobs of the most finest greatest country. in which people it is that they seem to forget that in the case of remaining friends and remain as a beautiful country loving warm exciting country to live in today when they produce these statistics about thirty million remain and. everybody is going to leave and then the last one is to light isn't going to be a single person left and then it really is nonsensical whether or not the anti britain campaign will ever make it to a billboard near bucharest is now beside the point the british government has already made the newest members feel that little bit less welcome here.
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a seeing fresh public outcry against the country's unelected rulers who have been stepping up their crackdowns on dissent for the last two years calls for more rights and democracy are increasingly met with a rest and brutal force as the conservative refuse to concede while the west is accused of turning a blind guide to violations by its arab allies as reports. you. see. life in the gulf used to look like this. but the black gold hidden beneath the sands transforms the arabian states from inhospitable deserts came soaring structures of glass and steel physical testaments to their wealth and power in a wider region known for its tinderbox tensions the gulf monarchies have stood out for their relative stability and for an oil dependent west eager for a military stronghold to counter iran the gulf became a strategic away says petro dollars have helped to insulate the gulf against
economic hardships plaguing other states but not against popular uprisings now the gulf monarchies as a whole have been struggling to stave off the effects of the arab spring with varying degrees of success kuwait has largely seen as the most tolerant of the gulf countries but the worry is that the trend could be reversed activists say that it already has been political gatherings of more than twenty people are banned as are political parties and when the last opposition dominated parliament challenge the ruling authorities it was dismissed voting rules were changed to ensure critics say a more compliant parliament speaking out against the system has landed many activists in jail as for those who took to the streets to protest we were beaten up by. the special forces. and the sound bombs and but on and after the march whoever is on the street isn't just being detained and thrown into jail it's a struggle activists in bahrain are all too familiar with. three days after egypt's
former president was ousted from power protests began in bahrain like the kuwaitis they were demanding an end to the monarchy but more representation at a violent crackdown saw a shift in some of those demands because the new law to stop it is at the lead in many different areas against the regime against that. against the situation around one thousand five hundred prisoners we have. every day we have the local. security forces surrounding the gate is attacking the people at the king and houses as in other gulf states the monarchy blames the unrest on a radical minority they are hardliners they want to see regime change they want to implement their own style of government and impose on the rest of the population of bahrain a system of government that is totally unacceptable these demands called for
a. minster style democracy captain head of style democracy in golf but critics disagree saying the protesters simply want their governments to listen i want to comes to violent crackdowns he says westminster and capitol hill simply turn a blind eye without a victims because we live in a country which have the us and the united. they don't get aboard the people they don't care about the humanity they don't care about the bahraini blood they care about. whether in bahrain saudi arabia qatar oman or kuwait seems like this one are becoming increasingly more common but nothing shows a week like this one show that the gulf well wolf alone isn't enough to inflate the country's for people taking to the streets and demanding a reader say in their political system and unless the monarchies show themselves willing to listen their stability may prove to be a mirage to see caffein of r.t.
kuwait. the u.s. and south korea of flexing their military muscles in the east china sea that self to north korea's recent threat to conduct a nuclear test seoul said the drills are part of regular military training while pyongyang claims its a plot to attack it human rights lawyer and co-founder of the national campaign to end the korean war has told me that washington's only pouring fuel into the phone it's the worst thing you can do under these circumstances is to inflame volatile situation to conduct these military exercises that always inflame that use live ammunition up and down the border with north korea this is inflammatory on a lot of levels and we need to step back these naval exercises it's like a race to the bottom if you will when are we going to get more creative in the way that we resolve conflict in this world this conflict gives us such an opportunity
with a new secretary of state new leader in south korea we should be pushing for peace suspend these naval exercises and go from there yes there should be non proliferation of nuclear weapons on the korean peninsula but we don't even recognize north korea as a nation have a peace treaty or a formal relations to deal with these matters what do we expect that's it for me in the news team for the moment i'll be back with more for you in about half an hour from now in the meantime next kaiser exposes the secret agendas behind the latest financial headlines that's in the cards report after this break stay with us. secretary of state hillary clinton recently testified to congress in regards to the
attack on the us consulate was killed an american ambassador in benghazi libya during the testimony couldn't rather calmly said things like that the revolutions that sprang up during the arab spring like in libya where the events in bali have created instability and safe havens for terrorists and she made it clear that there is no doubt that the algerian terrorists had weapons from libya so the us secretary has basically admitted that the actions of the usa and nato have caused a mass instability that has allowed the seeds of terrorism to grow when the justification for most of the actions in the muslim world is to stop evil dictators who harbor terrorists or spread chatting to mock recy if libya would have been left alone algerian terrorists wouldn't be getting any weapons from it now this is like an exterminator accidentally or maybe on purpose actually feeding the roaches in your basements that there are ten times more of them and then saying that he has to keep working because he's the only one who can get rid of the roaches peep.